We are the oldest winery and the second oldest vineyard in what has very recently been recognized as the McMinnville American Viticultural Area. The unique thing about this subregion of the Willamette Valley is that eroded marine sedimentary soils dominate. Most other Oregon PN areas have strong volcanic influences, here they are minimal. On our site we have heavy clay soils that produce Pinot Noirs with unusually intense color, tannin, and structure. It’s the nature of the place, our “terroir”.